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I've been self-indulgent

April 26th, 2010 at 12:03 am

I spent a lot of money this weekend. For me. I've been feeling in a fix-me-up mood. I'm losing weight, and that's making me want to do a total overhaul. I feel really good, but also somewhat guilty.

I bought some new clothes. Two pairs of jeans and some really nice tops. Now, I bought them at Goodwill, so you might rightly say that's not much of an indulgence, but they were higher-priced "boutique" items. Ann Taylor, Talbot's, Chico's, Eddie Bauer. Good deals, but not the usual Goodwill deal. They are such cute clothes, but I have to remember that my ultimate goal is to shrink out of them, so I won't be wearing them long. I guess it all right to feel good during the transition.

Then I went to Walgreen's just to pick up a few things, I thought, but I ended up buying cosmetics and skin care items and the total bill was over $90!

Not done yet, I went to Kohl's and bought some earrings and a new watchband.

A few weeks ago, I spent $48 on a haircut. Unheard of, for me.

I don't know what's got into me. Yes, I want to feel pampered, but I am facing my second retirement in a few short years. I really need to do serious saving.

The worst part is, now that my ankle is pretty much healed, I am dying to get a pedicure!

It's like another person has taken over!

Oh well, I'm sure I will get back on the program soon.

Once again, I've been out of it....

April 23rd, 2010 at 09:21 pm

My last entry was April 8!

Well, I've given my $1000 wedding gift to my son, so that is no longer in my sidebar. I'm now counting all the money in my money market fund toward the car, as well as my ING Sharebuilder account. The housing fund is in stocks.

I will continue to build the emergency fund, knowing that someday it, too, may go toward housing.

I've decided (I think) not to move this year. My rent will only go up by $20 a month. A move would cost more than that, and would add a commuting cost as well. Much as I would like to be nearer my kids, I have to think of the bottom line -- being able to relocate into permanent housing after I retire. (Hope I'm not repeating myself -- should have read my last entry).

Work is nuts. I wish I could retire today, but then I would have to eat cat food for the rest of my life. Smile

I am heading into my last week of physical therapy next week, and I believe my next appointment with my ortho surgeon will be the last. So I guess I am officially well, though I think the remnants of my ankle break will be with me for a while. And I may never be able to go down stairs without pain, but, hey, that's what elevators are for! So far the only money I have paid out of pocket for this break is the $15 co-pay for every doctor's visit. I hope it stays that way.

Just got back lab results and everything is good!

It's been a while

April 8th, 2010 at 01:31 pm

Somehow I got out of the loop on blogging. I'll try to get back on a more regular basis.

I had a lovely Easter weekend -- traveled for the first time since my injury. I went to visit a friend in Indiana, and we did all kinds of girlie things like shopping, eating out, movies, playing cards. On Sunday I met my son and his family and an old friend for lunch at a Mexican restaurant -- that is our Easter tradition. The weather was lovely and it was a great time.

As we head into warmer weather, I am facing a problem with my footwear. I've been wearing some soft snow boots ever since I got out of the "boot" but I can't wear them any more without looking odd. I've tried wearing my regular shoes, but they are either too high or too tight. Last night I bit the bullet and bought four pairs of Skechers -- the kind that look sort of like Mary Janes and not like athletic shoes. They are comfortable and should get me through the summer, anyway. I also bought 12 pairs of socks in colors that coordinate with the shoes. Altogether the cost was $195 -- not too bad -- all items were on sale. Now my next worry -- are all my pants going to be too long now that I'm wearing lower heels? Sigh.

I got the ok from my boss to go to a conference in Anaheim, California, this summer. I've been there before, so I'm not real excited about the destination, but I'm excited about getting away and perhaps seeing some old friends. My cousin lives in the area, so I will probably try to grab a dinner with him. Maybe by this summer I'll be walking like a normal person! I am walking now -- and usually normally unless I'm tired -- but I cannot do stairs yet. And I can't dance. I have to be able to dance by October for my son's wedding!